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Defending OVC men’s basketball champion Murray State to face rugged schedule in 2019-20

After two outstanding seasons in which the Murray State men’s basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight, the Racers will play a rugged 2019-20 schedule.

Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several road games in the region allowing Racer fans to make short trips to attend. The Racers also have a solid home schedule at the CFSB Center, where they’re 29-3 during the last two seasons.

“We are thrilled that our 2019-20 schedule features 16 home games at the CFSB Center,” McMahon said. “We are really looking forward to participating in the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving week. The tournament field is loaded with outstanding programs and we will get three great neutral court games in Florida.

Murray State players celebrate after capturing the 2018-19 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship in Evansville, Ind. (Murray State photo)

“We will also be tested on the road with games at Tennessee, Missouri State, and another trip back to the Ford Center to face Evansville on Dec. 21. We feel this challenging non-conference schedule will prepare us well for OVC play.”

The Racers get the season going with an exhibition game against Martin Methodist (Nov. 4) at the CFSB Center.

The season opener has Southern University coming to the CFSB Center (Nov. 9) as the Racers begin their 22nd season at the arena. Murray State’s first road contest is at Tennessee (Nov. 12), before the Racers come home to host Brescia (Nov. 16) and Southern Illinois (Nov. 19).

Murray State will spend Thanksgiving week in Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase (Nov. 25-27). The Racers take on La Salle in the opening game and meet either Weber State or Wright State in the second round. Murray State’s third game will be against either Northeastern, South Alabama, Drake or Miami (Ohio).

The Racers have five games in December starting with a contest at Missouri State (Dec. 3). Murray State also hosts Middle Tennessee (Dec. 7) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 16) before traveling to Evansville (Dec. 21). After Christmas, the Racers host Cumberland (Dec. 28).

Once the calendar turns to 2020, the Racers will seek their third straight OVC regular-season title. It all gets going at the CFSB Center when UT Martin (Jan. 2) and Southeast Missouri (Jan. 4) make visits. Murray State then hits the road for four games, starting with trips to Jacksonville State (Jan. 9) and Tennessee Tech (Jan. 11). Murray State also plays at UT Martin (Jan. 16) and Southeast Missouri (Jan. 18).

Murray State has a four-game homestand against Belmont (Jan. 23), Tennessee State (Jan. 25), Eastern Illinois (Jan. 30) and SIUE (Feb. 1), before heading to Nashville to face Belmont and Tennessee State for a second time on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8. The Racers play at Austin Peay (Feb. 13) before hosting Morehead State (Feb. 15). During this stretch of five of six games on the road, Murray State plays at Eastern Illinois (Feb. 20) and SIUE (Feb. 22).

The Racers end the OVC regular season at home with Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 27) and Austin Peay (Feb. 29).

The OVC Tournament will again be played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., where the Racers will try for their third consecutive title March 4-7, 2020.

From Murray State University

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